VIA has introduced a new Pico-ITX computer board called the VAB-800. It measures less than 4″ x 2.9″ across, and VIA is positioning the board as a solution for industrial or in-vehicle applications.

But like the VIA APC, the Raspberry Pi, and any number of other cheap, low power barebones computers we’ve seen this year, I suspect a fair number of hobbyists would be interested in getting their hands on something like the VAB-800 to run Android or Linux apps.


The VAB-800 is available with a Freescale 800 MHz or 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor. It has 1GB of integrated RAM and supports up to 64GB of flash storage.

It also offers far more connection ports than you’ll find on a Raspberry Pi, with 2 USB 2.0 ports, a mini HDMI port, an Ethernet jack, VGA port, and a number of additional connectors for cameras, audio, storage, and other peripherals.

The computer officially supports Google Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.04, or Windows Embedded Compact 7, although I wouldn’t be surprised if you could trick it into running some other operating systems as well.

It supports 1080p HD video playback and 3D graphics acceleration.

The VIA VAB-800 is a low power device, with average power consumption of about 2W and a maximium TDP of 5W.

VIA is already making sample units available to potential customers, but you have to contact VIA if you want details on the price.

via Netbook News

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7 replies on “VIA launches VAB-800 Pico-ITX board with ARM Cortex-A8 CPU”

  1. With those specs it better be cheap. But it won’t. Do like the nice assortment of connectors. Would be nice to see someone put a current production SoC on a board.

      1. Isn’t the SATA power connector usually part of the PSU unless there are boards that route out a SATA power connector assuming it has a powerful enough PSU.

        Of course, I’m not an expert when it comes to Pico-ITX boards and power supplies.

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